The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Halloween Bootique’s shelves brim with thousands of fiendish, sexy, and imaginative costumes and adornments to fit all body sizes. Every fall, the Halloween outfitter opens its six locations across California, including one featured by the Orange County Register. At each store, adults and kids can choose their perfect look from a massive selection of zombie and queen costumes, ghoulish masks, props, and pages from Dracula’s summer-camp diary. Decorations such as skeletons, bats, and stuffed ghosts also induce chills as they wait to be taken home, where they add an eerie atmosphere to any party or trick-or-treat destination.
Though SEE Eyewear?s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a-kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop?s exclusive coveted selection.
From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn?t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Onsen Secret takes its name as well as its cosmetic inspiration from the Japanese hot springs frequented by women as far back as the 10th century. These springs' mineral-rich waters were renowned for nourishing and revitalizing skin, and to recreate similar effects Onsen created products that combine these natural mineral elements with scientific advancements in the aesthetic field.
The company's signature Micro Water Complex is the foundation for all its formulas. Using molecules much smaller than water, they can penetrate the skin more deeply while balancing pH levels and delivering nutrients. Depending on which product line it's used in, the Micro Water Complex can help clear clogged pores or minimize the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, excessive redness, and stuck-on clown noses. Onsen formulates toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing balms for the face, the body, and even the hands and feet.
42 years. 30,000 procedures. 20,000 patients. It's no small feat, but medical director Dr. P. James Voloshin has been fully committed to his clients since 1972. At Newport Surgery Institute, he and his team upgrade looks with a full spread of aesthetic services, from noninvasive microdermabrasion facials to liposuction. Each procedure is tailored to the desires of each client, who can convey their aesthetic hopes to the staff in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, or Dothraki.